Escrivá Canonization a Boost for Education Projects in Africa
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ROME, JUNE 25, 2003 (Zenit.org).- A solidarity fund established on the occasion of the canonization of Opus Dei founder Josemaría Escrivá will make possible the implementation of 18 educational projects in Africa.
The projects, helped by the Harambee 2002 fund, are promoted by organizations in 12 sub-Saharan countries. "Harambee" in the African language Kiswahili means "all together."
Among the educational projects is that of the Diocese of Fort Portal in Uganda, which hopes to see a secondary school improved.
A project proposed by the Family Home Movement of Freetown, Sierra Leone, is focused on the social reintegration of 218 child- and youth-soldiers, who had been forced to fight in the civil war and who now will be able to attend school.
Other projects are planned in Rwanda, Mozambique and Nigeria. A complete list is at www.harambee2002.org.
The fund has received 700,000 euros ($813,000), most of which was collected during Josemaría Escrivá's canonization. The first liturgical feast of St. Josemaría Escrivá will be celebrated Thursday.